Climate Zone: 5 to 9
Mature Height: 15 to 25 feet
Mature Width: 15 to 25 feet
Sunlight: full to partial sun
Soil Conditions: drought tolerant and widely adaptable
Botanical Name: Prunus angustifolia
The Chickasaw Plum is one of the most beautiful shrubs in the United States. First cultivated for commercial growth in 1874, it is also referred to as the mountain cherry or the sand hill plum. It is used primarily to encourage a healthy wildlife habitat and features a dense and thorny thicket perfect for song and game bird nesting.
The Chickasaw Plum features thin limbs that mature from a reddish brown color in youth to a dark, scaly bark with age. It is an early bloomer and opens the spring with thousands of lightly-scented, off-white flowers. It is a favorite food of rabbits and has no problem re-growing lost twigs or foliage.